A 3-judge bench of a particular court docket listening to treason costs towards retired Gen Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday stated that it’s important the previous president’s assertion be recorded within the case.
Musharraf left the nation looking for medical remedy in March 2016 after being summoned by the court docket which is listening to a excessive treason case initiated towards him for suspending the Structure on Nov 3, 2007 — an offence for which he was indicted on March 31, 2014.
In in the present day’s listening to, Justice Ali stated former president’s assertion could possibly be recorded on Skype.
Musharraf’s lawyer Salman Safdar stated that he must ask his consumer if he wished to offer his assertion over Skype.
“Can a 342 assertion [statement of the accused] be recorded over Skype?” Justice Ali requested.
“The court docket had taken Mubarak Saigol’s witness testimony within the Benazir Bhutto homicide case on Skype,” the lawyer informed the court docket whereas including that he must discover out if the identical will be carried out within the case of a 342 assertion.
“It isn’t that the defendant doesn’t want to seem in court docket, it’s that he’s unable to be right here due to his well being,” the lawyer defined.
“Musharraf had assured us that he would return,” Justice Yawar Ali stated, including that the matter had now been raised within the Supreme Court docket.
To this, the lawyer responded that Musharraf shouldn’t be returning for the time being and that even Interpol had refused to difficulty crimson warrants towards the previous president for the time being.
The prosecutor, Advocate Naseeruddin Nayyar, however, warned that Musharraf’s presence in court docket is important. He stated that Musharraf is an absconder and will give up to the court docket, and that his assertion couldn’t be recorded till that occurs.
“The regulation will take due course if he doesn’t return,” the prosecutor added.
The court docket, whereas adjourning the listening to until Monday, informed Musharraf’s lawyer to tell the court docket in regards to the former president’s choice concerning recording his assertion over Skype within the subsequent listening to.
Advocate Nayyar was directed to present in written kind to the court docket the prosecution’s objections to recording the assertion on Skype.
The court docket has requested each attorneys to help it to find out if a defendant’s assertion will be recorded electronically.